While I adore Anne of Green Gables and am pleased that she is widely read outside of Canada, I’d like to take Canada Day to introduce a few other Canadian children’s authors and illustrators. All have won at least one Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada’s most prestigious literary award.
My favourite Canadian author writing for children and teens today is Kenneth Oppel. Airborn is the first adventure in his fabulous steampunk trilogy. Silverwing and its companion books are animal fantasies that will appeal to the many fans of the Warriors books by Erin Hunter. My Canada Day reading is Half Brother in which, in the name of science, Ben’s parents bring home a chimpanzee, Zan, and expect Ben to treat Zan like a brother.
Marie-Louise Gay is a versatile author and illustrator who has written picture books, readers and chapter books, but I’ve placed her in the picture book section because I will always associate her with the delightful red-head Stella.